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Why corruption is widespread in Ghana

Corruption is Ghana’s development enemy number one. The World Bank is categorical about corruption and development when it says, corruption is the single greatest obstacle to economic and social development. The World Bank goes on to explain that, corruption undermine development by distorting the rule of law and weakening the institutional foundation on which economic growth depends.

It follows therefore, Ghana cannot develop unless she overcomes the problem of widespread corruption. However, the challenge remains the causal misunderstanding of corruption. Corruption is not well understood in Ghana because existing explanations or theories (of corruption) lack of contextual basis.

Persson, Rothstein and Teorell (2013) underscore the need for contextual understanding of corruption in their study of corruption in Kenya and Uganda. They conclude that anti-corruption strategies have failed because existing theories mischaracterize the problem of corruption in countries plagued by widespread corruption. This finding explains why corruption persists in Ghana despite increased anti-corruption advocacy.

In the video below I, discuss what I find to be the primary cause of corruption in Ghana. Though, I do not think of this theory in absolute terms; I am confident it offers a better explication given its contextual value.


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